Bills QB notes from Wednesday practice

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- The highlight of Wednesday's practice for Buffalo Bills quarterback EJ Manuel was the first portion of the two-minute drill.

Showing improvement from his performance in that drill during organized team activities, Manuel found Robert Woods and Chris Hogan for back-to-back big gains to push the Bills past midfield and into scoring range.

As we noted earlier Wednesday, that two-minute drill ended in an interception by Nickell Robey in the end zone that was more an impressive play by Robey than a poor throw by Manuel.

Otherwise, Manuel's performance was up-and-down in the earlier portions of practice.

Manuel received about half of the total reps in first- and second-down work during 11-on-11s. He found C.J. Spiller on several dump-offs and a screen pass, and had another pass intended for Woods batted down by linebacker Ty Powell.

In third-down work, Manuel completed three would-be first downs to Woods (twice) and Sammy Watkins. On the negative end, he one-hopped Mike Williams on one throw, while another throw came in too high and couldn't be corralled by Watkins. Manuel was also intercepted by Mario Butler during third-down work on a pass that Watkins couldn't control.

Here are our notes on the other Bills quarterbacks:

Thad Lewis:

First and second downs: Lewis had a screen pass intended for Williams batted down by Robey, and his next play ended in a Jacquies Smith strip-sack.

Third downs: Lewis had one well-thrown ball dropped by Caleb Holley, and Lewis overthrew Holley on another pass. He also threw wide of Kevin Elliott on a sideline pattern.

Jeff Tuel:

First and second downs: Tuel did not complete a pass on three attempts.

Third downs: Tuel's best pass went to Chris Gragg, who showed some leaping ability in making the haul down the seam.

Dennis Dixon:

First and second downs: Had two incompletions, including one pass broken up by tryout cornerback Sam Miller.

Third downs: Did not receive reps.